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What to do with the kids for half term when you don’t drive

Half term is here and at last, and we are excited to get a break from school. The kids have had a good few weeks at school, but have been very tired as well. So this half term break is needed. Although I have my car, I currently don’t drive (can’t drive on my own) because I am yet to pass my driving practical test. The plan is to get that sorted in the next few months. I am currently taking 2 hours driving lessons every week, and I am also driving outside those hours, so my confidence is growing. The lessons are going really well. I am looking forward to smashing the driving test but the reality for now is cabs/trains to get out and about when alone.

Many parents secretly dread half term weeks and the big summer break because they never know what to do with the kids. So the privileged amongst us always make sure we have all sorts of activities planned so the kids don’t drive them mad.

 

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No plans this half term?

Well, this half term, we have no major plans. And with me not being able to drive without M (he will be at work), it means our activities are quite limited. I am dreading the half term week and the kids are not bothered they won’t be going away. It is the fact so being bothered won’t change it anyway. But I need to think outside the box in order to keep the twins busy.

Last half term in October, we spent it in Portugal, and we had a lovely time exploring the city of Algarves. This half term we were tempted to go for a short break in a different city in the UK, but decided not to for many reasons. So this half term will be spent at home with us relaxing and taking it easy activities wise.

Here are some fun things we plan to do this half term –

 

Go for walks

The weather has been good here in Cheshire for the last couple of days, and I hope it continues to be good. We have long walks planned in for the half term break. We will put on comfy shoes and coats, and head out exploring our little village. The kiddies love going for walks, especially my son, so we will be doing a lot of that. We will also be getting out the bikes and scooters for some fun rides.

 

Swimming

The kiddies have swimming lessons planned out. They are learning to swim and developing the skills they need, so we will be have more of the lessons this half term week. The swimming centre is not too far away, so a short taxi or bus ride would work.

 

Indoor play

There will be a lot of Indoor play this half term. The kids never really have the time to play with their toys as they are very tired after school and homework. So they will be making the most of the free time they have this week, which will hopefully allow me get some peace and quiet.

 

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Meet-up with friends

It is always nice spending quality time with friends and family. We will be meeting up with friends during the week, and playing catch up over a cup of tea. It should be fun.

Working on their new skills

My children are now free readers. They are reading and writing amazingly well for the age, and they enjoy practising. Which is why they are always happy to pick up a book from their bookshelves to read. You can also easily find them colouring in their colouring books, playing with some play-doh, or writing on their writing pads. I know a good couple of hours will be spent doing these activities this week.

 

Outdoor play

We are blessed to live in a great neighbourhood with 2 playgrounds very close to us. We will be visiting both playgrounds for some outdoor fun this week. I know the kids would spend hours doing this if I left them. I am hoping I won’t have to drag them home when it is home time.

 

Soft play

The kiddies love soft play centres, so we will be visiting a couple this half term week. They never get tired of running around the centre and I can have some peace (hopefully) watching them from a distance. We have some soft play centres not too far away from us.

 

If you don’t drive, what plans do you have for the kids this half term? If you do drive, please share your plans in the comments section as well.

Thanks for reading. Have a great week.

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6 Things Girls Love to Receive On Valentine’s Day

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Few days are left for the most awaited festival of the year i.e Valentine’s day and it feels like just last week we were enjoying new year gifts and now here we are already in the mood for Valentine’s day. Many boys totally got perplexed when it comes to buying a gift for their girls for Valentine’s day. If you are among those, then don’t worry, we have found your salvation in this article.

 

 

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There is a perception that girls only love to receive expensive things on Valentine’s day, however it is nothing like that. Actually, girls are not interested in how much amount you spend on them, instead the amount of thought that you put behind it. Yet it is good to dresses up and have a night filled with mushy cliches, this is not consistently realistic and, genuinely has very less meaning in retrospect.

There are so many ways to profess your love, affection, care and romance to your girl so without further ado, here is a list that explains what your girl will love to receive on Valentine’s day.

 

Your Attention

Being with the person whom you love unconditionally is the perfect gift that everyone desire. So, guys your girl actually want your attention on Valentine’s day. Take her out for dinner or long drive or a short picnic to her favorite place. So, spend quality time with your girl on this day. Admire her and have a wonderful chat with her. You can even tell her the depth of your love.

 

Order her Favorite Valentine Cake

Celebrating Valentine’s Day with a cake would make the day even more special. So, a Valentine cake is must have the element for this romantic day. Give a kick start to Valentine’s day by cutting her favorite flavor cake. If you are thinking whether she will like it or not, then forget it, girls always love to a sweet beginning on Valentine’s day and what could be more sweeter than a tempting cake? So, go ahead and gift a delicious cake to her on this day.

 

Make her Feel More Special than Before

As compared to earlier days, you should make your girl feel more special. Let your girl know that she is the only one in this world for you. Avoid those things on Valentine’s day which she dislikes. Promise her that you will always take care of her, no matter what is the situation.

 

 

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Bouquet of Flowers

A gorgeous bouquet of flowers would make one excellent Valentine’s Day gift. If you can’t decide on what to go for, try ordering a lovely Valentine’s Day bouquet of flowers to be delivered to her doorstep first thing on the big day.

 

A Life-Size Teddy Bear

Girls favorite soft toy is teddy bear. So, this Valentine’s day make your girl blush with a life-size teddy bear. Pamper her by presenting a cute and cuddly life-size teddy bear. It is the best Valentine day gifts for your girl that you can gift her without giving a second thought. This teddy bear will always remind her your hugs when you will not be near to her.

 

A Message Note

Every girl wants to know the reason why their partner loves them. So, this Valentine’s day, tell her the reasons why you love your girl a lot. Write down the reason and gift to her. This message note will bring a huge smile because she will come to know the reason why you have fallen in love with her.

What do you think of these gift ideas for Valentine’s Day? Please share your thoughts.

How my first job at 18 taught me to be a boss

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I got a job in a retail bank as a customer service when I was 18 years old. It was my first job. I got a 3 months contract with this bank that cannot named for many reasons. It was an internship sort of contract. Part of the requirements of my Bsc Accounting Degree at the university. I remember the experience being hard at first for me as a teenager. It was my first job, so understandably I found it a bit difficult waking up extra early every morning for 3 months to be at my desk ready for customers by 8am.

This job was nothing I taught it would be when I daydreamed about it many years ago. I saw myself working somewhere fun and far away. I thought of jobs like ski chalet jobs, and working as a life guard on a beautiful beach. But my reality was far from that. Having said that, it was a fun role. I enjoyed the experience and all it taught me.

 

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Here are some things I took away with me –

 

The early bird catches the worm

I learnt the importance of being punctual for every job. I also learnt the importance grabbing every business opportunity that comes my way. With this job, opportunities came in form of customers wanting to open accounts but were unsure of which account to go for, and so on. I have taken this life lesson away with me to the self – employment world, and it helps me stay on top of my game. Being on time and making the most of the opportunities that come my way have helped my business.

 

Be professional

My manager taught me the importance of being professional and I carried took those life lessons with me. Staying professional and being myself at various workplace have saved my sanity and job. I always remember to stay professional even now that I work for myself. And I think it is more important to be professional when you run your own business or work for yourself as it is easy to cross the line with clients and business associates.

 

Dress to impress

My customer service role didn’t really teach me to dress to impress. I had that in me long before starting my first job. But it kind of reminded me of the importance of looking your best when on the job.

 

These are some of the life lessons I took away with me from my first job as a young shy 18-year-old. What did you take away from yours?

 

 

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